Grindstone Indian Rancheria of Wintun-Wailaki Indians

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Grindstone Indian Rancheria of Wintun-Wailaki Indians
Total population
162[1]
Regions with significant populations
United States United States (California California)
Languages
English
Religion
Roundhouse religion, Kuksu, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
other Wintun and Wailaki peoples[2]

The Grindstone Indian Rancheria of Wintun-Wailaki Indians is a federally recognized tribe and ranchería of Wintun and Wailaki Indians from northern California.[3]

Reservation[edit]

The tribe's reservation is the Grindstone Rancheria, located in Glenn County, California. It was founded in 1907[2] and is 120 acres (0.49 km2) large. Approximately 98 of the tribe's 162 members live on the reservation.[3] The nearest outside community is Elk Creek, about 5 miles to the south.

Government[edit]

The Grindstone Indian Rancheria is governed by a democratically elected tribal council. They are headquartered in Elk Creek, California, and their current tribal chairperson is Ronald Kirk.[4]

Language[edit]

Traditionally, the members of tribe spoke the Wailaki language or the Wintun, a Wintuan language of the Penutian language family, but the former is extinct and the latter has few speakers.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ California Indians and Their Reservations: P. San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2010 (retrieved 30 June 2010)
  2. ^ a b Pritzker, 154
  3. ^ a b California Indians and Their Reservations: G. San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2010 (retrieved 30 June 2010)
  4. ^ "Tribal Governments by Area." National Congress of American Indians. (retrieved 30 June 2010)
  5. ^ Hinton, 27

References[edit]

  • Hinton, Leanne. Flutes of Fire: Essays on California Indian Languages. Berkeley: Heyday Books, 1994. ISBN 0-930588-62-2.
  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.

Coordinates: 39°40′19″N 122°31′05″W / 39.67194°N 122.51806°W / 39.67194; -122.51806